The winners of the British Academy Television Craft Awards in 2017
- Two BAFTAs each for The Crown, National Treasure, The Night Manager and Planet Earth II
- Bobby Warans honoured with the Special Award
London, 23 April 2017: BAFTA has announced the winners of tonight’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes talent in 2016. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Mangan at The Brewery, City of London, where presenters included Adeel Akhtar, Ross Kemp, Naga Munchetty, Joel Dommett and Wunmi Mosaku.
Four programmes won two BAFTAs each. Historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, was successful in Costume Design and Special, Visual & Graphic Effects. Espionage thriller The Night Manager, adapted from John le Carré’s novel, won in Editing: Fiction and Sound: Fiction. National Treasure won for Director: Fiction and Original Music. Planet Earth II (Cities) received the Photography: Factual and Sound Factual awards.
Further cementing her status as one of the UK’s foremost writers, Sally Wainwright won Writer: Drama for Happy Valley, her third BAFTA to date in this category and her fifth overall. In Writer: Comedy, Stefan Golaszewski took home the second BAFTA of his career, for Mum.
James Friend won the BAFTA for Photography & Lighting: Fiction for Rillington Place. Tanya Lodge won Make Up & Hair Design for San Junipero (Black Mirror) and Chris Roope fought off stiff competition in Production Design, winning for War & Peace.
BAFTA continues to shine a spotlight on the very best emerging talent in the industry with its Breakthrough Talent category, won this year by director Mahalia Belo for Ellen.
The award for Digital Creativity, which rewards excellence and innovation through a multi-platform television experience, was won by David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive, while the BAFTA for Titles & Graphic Identity went to Paralympics 2016. The award for Entertainment Craft Team was presented to the BBC Studios team for Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2016, which paid tribute to victims of war and conflict.
First-time winners included Andy Worboys in Editing: Factual for Hillsborough, James Bluemel in Director: Factual for Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, and Chris Power in Director: Multi-Camera for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, the show’s sixth BAFTA in four years.
Industry-renowned prop master Bobby Warans was presented with the BAFTA Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the industry. In a craft that is thoroughly integral to the success of a show, Warans has worked on nearly 100 of the best-loved British television programmes of the past 40 years, spanning a number of genres including live events, entertainment, talk shows, sitcoms and comedy sketch shows including Absolutely Fabulous, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Episodes, French and Saunders, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, The Morecambe and Wise Show, Noel’s House Party, Strictly Come Dancing and The Two Ronnies. The award was presented to him by Paul Merton.
Exclusive red carpet highlights, backstage interviews with the winners, ceremony highlights and photography will be published after the ceremony at www.bafta.org/television/craft-awards/.
Supporting documents and media
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BAFTA’s Guru Live festival will take place on 6 and 7 May, where the public will enjoy two days of inspirational masterclasses, panels and Q&As with BAFTA nominees in film, television and games.
The Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards will be taking place on Sunday 14 May. Game of Thrones, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Line of Duty, Planet Earth II, Strictly Come Dancing and Who Do You Think You Are? are all nominated for the public-voted Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment.
Voting is now open at: www.virginmedia.com/bafta.
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